Hot ‘n Jolly Monday!

Hey folks!!!  Yep, it’s Monday again and this time I’m prepared!  I have treats for all, even naked cinnamon rolls for rawgod, donuts for Steve, scones (not burnt this time) for David, and Ellen … your coffee is just the way you like it!

So, did you all have a great weekend?  It was 95° here on Saturday with about 70% humidity, and the air quality so poor that there was a haze everywhere you looked.  Needless to say, that is not air out there … I don’t know what it is, but it is not air and whatever it is, I cannot breathe it.  I am grounded until further notice and nobody better tell me there’s no such thing as climate change!

Well, let’s forget that and find some fun to start our week off, shall we?

The world’s largest …

There used to be a saying here in the U.S.: “They grow everything big in Texas”  I’m not sure where the saying originated, but the only thing I’ve seen that is bigger in Texas (other than the size of the state itself) are the egos.  No, not you Steve. But to the point, I think Texas may be taking a back seat to Australia, if avocados are any indication.

It is called the Avozilla …avocadoThey look like an avocado and taste like an avocado. The only difference from the avocados you know is that these ones are about the size of your head.  Well, most people’s head, anyway — some Texans have bigger heads.  No, not you Steve.  They weigh an average of just over 2.5 pounds, or 1.2 kg.  (Why can’t the U.S. convert to the metric system like everybody else???)  They are expected to sell for about $12 each!

The fruit (yes, folks, avocados are a fruit, not a veggie) actually originated in South Africa and emigrated to the UK in 2013, but the Groves family of Queensland just brought them to Oz this year.  Now I learned something new here … I didn’t realize a country could ‘copyright’ a variety of tree, but any farmer that plants this giant avocado tree must seek permission and pay royalties to the South African company that owns the rights.

The problem I foresee here is that avocados go bad very quickly once exposed to air.  By quickly, I mean a matter of minutes, although one can keep them fresh and green for a few hours with a bit of lemon juice and the avocado pit.  I don’t see a huge individual market for them, though they might be popular in Mexican restaurants where large quantities of guacamole are served up.



Rob Morin and Paula Habib from Montreal, Canada, noticed in June that produce was going missing from their tomato and strawberry plants.

“We had a full set of tomatoes and then all of a sudden the tomatoes started going down. We didn’t take any ourselves; we thought it was the squirrels.”

But still, they found it odd that the squirrels weren’t leaving a mess, as squirrels typically do.  OCD squirrels, perhaps?

“We first thought it was the squirrels, but normally the squirrels leave a mess and there was not a mess on the ground where the plants were.”

I don’t know what took them so long, but finally the couple got the brilliant idea to check the footage from their outdoor security camera, and guess what?  It wasn’t a squirrel at all …mailmanYes, friends, it was the trusty mail carrier that was helping himself to the fruit each day.  Seems a fair trade … a box full of junk mail for a handful of tomatoes and strawberries!

“It’s rude,” said Ms. Habib. “He never told us. He never came to the door and said, ‘I took one of your tomatoes and it was really good’ or made joke about it. He just did it and he couldn’t care less.”

Canada Post is aware of the case and has spoken with the family, but so far isn’t commenting on the matter.  Habib said she does not want the postman to lose his job, but he could also offer some restitution – if he replaces the plants or offers the family a strawberry pie or some tomato sauce, all will be forgiven.

Dream job?

Mattress Firm, a mattress company based in Houston, Texas, has a job opening that I think would be just perfect for my daughter, who can fall asleep anywhere in under 15 seconds!  The ad on the company’s website reads:

Pursuing a degree in catching Z’s? Would you rather carry a pillowcase instead of a briefcase? This Fall, you can snag the internship of your dreams as Mattress Firm’s first “Snoozetern.”


We are searching for someone who can put their rest to the test. If you think you’re a slumber star, apply to sleep on the job as our in-house bed tester, testing the best of the best mattresses. The back of your eyelids won’t be your only view. You’ll test the optimal head and foot positions on our selection of adjustable bases for Netflix binging, Instagram stalking *ahem* posting, reading, typing, eating…really anything that would be better in bed.

Of course, you’ll want your friends to know that you’re ‘sleeping your best life’ so regular appearances on Mattress Firm’s social channels will make the job of your dreams official. Feed your inquisitive nature by interviewing our sleep experts, finding out what the social sphere wants to know and determining the perfect amount of pillows needed for the ‘I’m-sleeping-but-still-taking-a-picture-of-myself’ selfie.

Help us help the sleep deprived by applying to join our team. Comfort and curiosity are calling, will you answer?

Among the required qualifications are:

– 18 years of age or older

– Proficient in napping, regardless of time of day

– Interested in exposure to different surfaces, textures and sleep positions

– Passionate about sleep and comfort

– Available to start snoozing in the Houston-area beginning August 15

The only one that could be a problem for Chris is that last one, but the rest … she’s got this!

The $67,000 squirrel …

In Almaty, a city in Kazakhstan, resides a sculpture of a giant squirrel … sculpted from straw!  The squirrel, which stands 40 feet tall, is made from straw and wood attached to a steel frame, is part of an art project for a festival commissioned by city authorities.  But Rocky is causing some problems for the city.  First, some say he is a fire hazard … I suppose that is true, especially in a lightning storm.  But the main argument is the cost … it cost the city some $67,000 (£51,000), about $44,000 of which was paid for from public funds.  The people are, understandably, concerned that the money might have been better spent helping the struggling people of the city with medical or other costs.  I can’t argue against that point.giant-squirrelThe artists, South African sculptor Marius Jansen van Vuuren and British artist Alex Rinsler, have said that the squirrel will change appearance during the nine months it is expected to be on display, but I have a feeling that Rocky may not outlast the first hard rain or windstorm.  Still, he is pretty cute …giant squirrel-3

I just wanna be on da teevee too, dad …

Polish historian/political scientist Jerzy Targalski was giving a taped interview regarding the U.S. Supreme Court when his cat decided to get in on the act.

Well, friends, once again it is time for us to each get busy.  I’ve really enjoyed our visit this morning … this is absolutely my favourite part of most Mondays!  I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Oh WAIT … before you go … please share those gorgeous smiles today and every day.  A lot of people are pretty miserable these days, and a smile seems to just work wonders when somebody is feeling down.  Hugs ‘n love from Filosofa & the Significant Seven!

toon-1'I'm MELTING!!!' - 'Oh knock it off, we're ALL hot!'toon-3

30 thoughts on “Hot ‘n Jolly Monday!

  1. Dear Jill,

    Shame on the postman.

    I love avocados but unless I could eat the whole thing after peeling, it goes bad so quickly. I would have to host a party with lots of guacamole.

    I love art and the squirrel but not for $67,000 out of the town’s budget.

    I had an orange cat who acted just like that historian. I could not close a door. He was very bossy and of course, I loved him to death.

    It is hotter than Hades in Florida. I love Martha and the Vandellas. I can’t tell you how many hours I danced to “Heatwave” and “Dancing in the Streets.” Thank you for this treat.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • If you host a party with that much guacamole, please invite me, for I LOVE guacamole!!! We have a cat who does similar things also, and he is Orange, too … that’s even his name: Orange. I’m glad you enjoyed Jolly Monday, my friend … we needed a bit of a break.


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  2. Benjamin and I have come for breakfast and may return for lunch! He will have a donut with sprinkles, please. He also notes that you forgot his juice, but “that’s okay!” I’m choosing the biscuit sandwich and my coffee is perfect. However…I’m not seeing those not burnt scones, are those biscuits masquerading as scones? That avocado is humongous, but $12 for a fruit that will soon spoil is not happening. Benjamin loves the squirrel, but Gem thinks that much money for an impermanent sculpture is ridiculous…no matter how cute it looks! My oldest daughter would quit her day job for the “snoozetern” position and probably relocate too, if the pay is adequate. Love the cartoons and the song is perfect! Thank-you x 2!!

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    • Oh shoot!!!! I can’t believe I forgot Benjamin’s juice again!!! Biscuit sandwich? You’ve wandered next door, for I didn’t make any of those! Oh … perhaps you mean the scones. I must’ve messed up on the scones again, for David opted for a donut instead, and he loves scones!

      I’m glad you & Benjamin enjoyed the squirrel and videos! Have a happy week!!!


  3. Interesting items. Why a giant squirrel? I guess art can do whatever it wants…..

    Morin and Habib should be careful what they wish for — their postman might pay them back with a giant avocado.

    If I got that Mattress Firm job, it would probably be the first job I’ve ever had that didn’t make me drowsy.

    Unfortunately, as we all know, it’s not just Mama Nature holding us over the grill. Years of fossil-fuel abuse have a hand in this.

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    • Why a squirrel? I would counter with: “Why not?” Funny, the neighbors also caught the postman pilfering their strawberries! I doubt he’s into avocados, though … can’t just eat them straight off the tree. With my sleep patterns, or lack of, I couldn’t do the Mattress Firm job … I’d be popping up to write notes, or grab a book to read … sleep is elusive these days 😉 But on a more serious note, you are quite right … most of us are well aware that this heat wave is but the beginning of our troubles, and perhaps even the beginning of the end of the human race if we don’t step up to the plate and ACT! Have a great week!!!


  4. ‘Love Mondays — thanks to you and your posts. My wife could do that job: she falls asleep as soon as she hits the pillow. But Houston? I think not. I’m not a big fan of squirrels as they tend to be a pest in our part of the world. But Maxine (two of them) wingeing about the heat make the day!!

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